Located on the southernmost tip of the state of Texas, the Franklin Mountains State Park stands at an elevation of 5,426 feet (1,653.84 meters) overlooking the semi-arid expanses of El Paso. Encompassed by the dominant Franklin Mountains, the park offers a virtually never-ending selection of mountain biking, hiking, climbing and cross country driving options. The territory covers nearly 24,247 acres (9,812.41 hectares) and is America's most expansive park within a city's limit. Wildlife includes barrel cactus, Mexican poppy, hackberry, cottonwood, golden eagles, black bears, pumas and ring-tailed cats.
The El Paso Zoo, though modest in size and means, aims to preserve and conserve as many species as possible. The 18-acre (7.28-hectare) grounds feature hundreds of different species, from Amur leopards, Asian elephants, Sumatran Orangutans, alligators, and a host of fish and birds. In the morning the tiny tykes can meet sea lions, and on the African Star train, kids can get a really close look at some of the smaller animals, like the African hedgehog or an opossum. Every autumn the zoo puts on a two-day Elephant Festival. Don't miss it!
This major green space in this Mexican town is great not only for biking or having a fun day out with your family, but it also has great historical importance. During the 20th century, this land was disputed between Mexico and the United States. Being at the border of the two countries, it is an exciting as well as a great way to unwind.
The Parque Central Hermanos Escobar is a pleasant park with recreational facilities for all ages. The park has a lot of greenery and a very relaxing ambiance with an artificial lake, where you can rent a boat or feed the ducks or maybe use the free exercise equipment available to get your daily workouts. They also have a kiddie train, perfect for the young ones to enjoy and is a family favorite.
The Parque Oasis de Santa Teresa is a fun and recreational park for the residents of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The park has volleyball, baseball and soccer fields as well as they host events and programs to build the community and bring people together. It is a beautiful effort extended to strengthen ties and come together as one.
This 42 foot tall statue of Christ atop what used to be called 'Mule Drivers Mountain' (now Mount Cristo Rey) is a monument to those in the Catholic faith. Its location at an elevation of 4,675-ft. and the accompanying 4.4-mile trail (round-trip) is constantly traversed by hikers, the curious and almost everybody else who is in the area. Its original conception came from a parish priest who erected a wooden cross here in 1934. Thereafter in 1939, the church commissioned sculptor Urbici Soler to design the base and statue. And though the face on the statue resembles the one on the famous Corcovado in Brazil, this one is quite smaller and little less scenic, however once you reach the top, you can see into Mexico, New Mexico and Texas at the same time.
The sweet fragrance of these beautiful roses will allure you while you are in Memorial Park. The Municipal Rose Garden will fascinate you with its vibrant hues and the different types of roses it displays. The garden features 350 different varieties on more than 1600 rose bushes and it also has a lovely water exhibit in the heart of the garden. There is also a small fish pond that is perfect for kids and adults alike.
At the southern rim of the Franklin Mountains, this scenic drive provides magnificent views of El Paso as well as into Mexico. The drive begins at Alabama Street in the east and runs for approximately four-miles until you exit near the University of Texas-El Paso. When you reach the midway point, the scenic overlook with parking allows you to get out of the car and take some pics. It doesn't matter when you make the trip, day or night, it is one of the highlights of this desert city.
The Chamizal National Memorial, with its large park, museum, gallery and a spacious amphitheater, is a vibrant multi-functional hot spot for culturally diverse events and activities. The museum educates visitors on the 1963 settling of the US-Mexico border dispute and the amphitheater hosts the annual Siglo de Oro Drama Festival. In addition to educational opportunities, the park also offers recreational activities such as picnicking, hiking, and birdwatching. The park's trails wind through desert landscapes and provide opportunities for visitors to observe local flora and fauna.